It’s not uncommon for hip-hop artists to find success in other areas of life. Sometimes it’s in acting, sometimes through business, and sometimes it’s just for being famous. Most of the best have made it big somewhere beyond their most successful albums. But of the bunch, Ludacris may just be solidifying himself as one of the most dynamic and versatile.
The Illinois-born rapper might be best known as a representative of his adopted home of Atlanta. Ludacris has always repped Atlanta and Southern rap in general through his music, but his connection to the city was made really clear when the Falcons made it to the Super Bowl. While we pointed out that Ludacris was one of the performers who no-showed the “ATL Invasion” Super Bowl concert in the city, it’s not as if he ignored his hometown team. He was actually busy hanging out with Taraji P. Henson and other stars at the Super Bowl, decked out in Falcons gear and enjoying himself. He’s still as much a symbol of Atlanta as ever.
In his personal life, Ludacris has also managed to make some headlines at the casinos—which is usually a bad sign for a celebrity, but Luda seems to be able hit the tables without getting into trouble. Just last year Ludacris was in Vegas talking about his 30th birthday there, where he claims to have won $30,000 at the blackjack tables, and put the bulk of the winnings toward building a playground for his children. That’s a pretty impressive win given that it means he wasn’t throwing down hundreds of thousands to start with, unlike some other celebrities. The payout for hitting blackjack is about 3/2 on average, which means he could have started with just about $12,000 to land that sum. Not a bad day at the tables! Plus, on top of his evident talent for Blackjack, Ludacris had the discipline to wa
lk away while he was ahead and spend the money on someone other than himself.
Of course, Luda’s talents extend far beyond the mic, Super Bowl parties, and the blackjack tables. He may be almost as well known as an actor now as he is as a recording artist. And it’s largely due to his involvement in the Fast & Furious franchise. It all started back in 2003 when he joined ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’ as the character Tej Parker. Tej has remained at the core of the franchise for the better part of six films, and ‘The Fate Of The Furious’ just had the biggest opening weekend in history. Just through this franchise alone, Ludacris has become a major player in the action genre and a household name for moviegoers everywhere.
His success on the big screen has also led to Ludacris becoming more of a recognizable star on TV, too. We recently learned that we’ll be seeing him in the reboot of ‘Fear Factor’ for MTV. Ludacris will serve as host and executive producer for a show that’s probably going to be popular all over again.
Add it all up and you’ve got one of the most dynamic figures in the hip-hop industry, or really in music as a whole. Ludacris seems unstoppable these days, and he’s not even 40 yet.